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BOOK REVIEW

‘The Ecstasy of Influence’ by Jonathan Lethem

By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / November 21, 2011

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Jonathan Lethem’s “Ecstasy’’ is a kind of literary throwback to a time when favorite writers didn’t hesitate to offer thought piñatas to loyal readers. If you believed that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. or Hunter S. Thompson were key voices you were fine with a once-a-decade volume of other stuff. “Ecstasy’’ is broken into 10 sections, each with an introductory essay. The writing ranges from memoir to short fiction to review.

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THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE:

Nonfictions, Etc.

By Jonathan Lethem

Doubleday, 437 pp., $27.95